Buried in all sorts of collections of zines, anarchist/collectivist mirrors, and everywhere else, the Internet Archive houses a whole bunch of fascinating documents on Squatting.

Besides the items themselves, the collections they live among are fascinating too.
Here's a 2010 book on squatting in Brisbane and Queensland, Australia. "SQUAT!"

PM Press has a whole range of books you can check out from their catalog, including "The City is Ours: Squatting and Autonomous Movements in Europe from the 1970s to the Present". Link here:

As part of the awesome Sprout collection, we have IT'S VACANT, TAKE IT, from Homes Not Jails, now in its third edition. (2013).

Seriously, the Sprout Distro Collection is a radical publishing wonderland, with hundreds of zines and screeds to check out.

From the general Zines collection, pamphlets like Tips 4 Squatting in NYC remind me of classic BBS textfiles of the 1980s, with information and suggestions coming from who knows where, leading to you making critical thinking about the words.

There's a mass of interesting, amazing and weird writings in the Zines collection at the Archive. Get a USB drive, grab a bunch, and start reading today.

One last one: If you are not sure where to start with all this, ease yourself in with the classic and well regarded PROCESSED WORLD ZINE, a group of SF temps in the 1980s who made a beautifully radical and designtastic scream against the corporate system.


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